Guest Columns

George A. Bowers Sr.: The headwaters of happiness

George Bowers Sr.

June 24, 2016

Several years ago, I had the privilege of joining a friend on some horse rides. On one warm summer day, he took me out through the woods at the foot of Great North Mountain to follow an old road that had long since grown over. As we made our way deeper into the hardwoods, we eventually came to a stream which turned out to be Stoney Creek.

Jason Wright: Cleaning is good for the closet and your soul

Jason Wright

June 24, 2016

Have you read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”? Author Marie Kondo’s book has cleaned up quite nicely, selling more than five million copies since its 2014 release.

James Pinsky: Ice cream: The secret to clean water

James Pinsky

June 23, 2016

If you ever wanted to help save the world, or at least your world’s water, Wednesday might be a good day to start, and the North Warren Volunteer Fire Hall might be a good place to be – say 7 p.m.

George Bowers Sr.: Driving without a windshield

George Bowers Sr.

June 17, 2016

Imagine driving your vehicle without its windshield. Your automobile doesn’t need this large sheet of glass to function properly; for the engine will still run, the wheels will still rotate, and you can still get from place to place without it. But it will definitely affect your trip.

Sandy Schwalb: Build it – They will bark


June 17, 2016

I don’t like dogs. Oh, sorry that’s not exactly what I meant to say. I don’t just like dogs; I love dogs! This admission is from a woman who, 20 years ago, recoiled at a sniff, much less a touch, of any canine. Fortunately I discovered the error of my ways in 1997 when my husband, Steve, introduced me to Bert (1996-2007) a big, but very gentle, German Shepherd Dog. I became a “dog lady” almost overnight.

George Bowers Sr.: God is the perfect packer

George Bowers Sr.

June 10, 2016

Summertime is the season of vacations and travel. With the end of the school year, families will be packing their suitcases, climbing into cars, and boarding airplanes to get away for a little while. Vacations serve many wonderful purposes in helping families share mutual experiences, see new and different wonders, and get a respite from life’s normal stresses. Everyone needs some kind of a break from time to time.

Tom Crosby: 2016 Toyota Camry XSE continues as top ride

Tom Crosby

June 8, 2016

So far last year’s 8th generation makeover of the Toyota Camry sedan has been a success for the Japanese auto manufacturer. Its appeal quickly emerged during our test drive of the 2016 XSE V6 front-wheel drive mid-size sedan with quickness off the line, solid handling and a plethora of cabin pluses – both standard and optional.

Bonner Day: A new hypothesis explaining stupidity

Bonner Day

June 5, 2016

I was taking my daily pills the other day and paused to read the label of one. And it hit me like a bolt of lightning. I had found the reason for so many crazy government decisions. The key was in front of my nose all the time. The label read: Drug may impair ability to operate a vessel or machine. If a medicine incapacitates anybody from driving a tractor, why wouldn’t it affect legislators and officials dealing with complex laws?

Jason Wright: Ten seconds that became a defining moment

Jason Wright

June 3, 2016

On May 25, retired Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek, a longtime resident of Shenandoah County now serving as the civilian command historian at the U.S. Military Academy, was awarded the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor by Secretary Eric K. Fanning.